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#Middle East

# middle-east - Tuesday 6 August, 2013

New Iran PM wants "serious" nuclear talks

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said he would not surrender Iran’s rights but wanted to allay Western concerns.

# middle-east - Sunday 4 August, 2013

Moderate cleric and former nuclear negotiator Rowhani sworn in as President of Iran

The 64-year-old could name his cabinet as early as today, with Iranian media reporting it’s likely to be made up of Western educated technocrats.

# middle-east - Saturday 3 August, 2013

Rowhani takes power in Iran with pledge to lift economy

The moderate cleric is facing serious challenges as he begins his four year term. His public inauguration will take place tomorrow.

# middle-east - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

So far, so good: chief negotiator says Israel-Palestine peace talks are going well

It’s been three years since the last peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis broke down – but this time the mood is “positive”.

# middle-east - Monday 29 July, 2013

Israel and Palestine to resume talks in Washington

It will be the first time officials have had direct discussions in the past three years.

# middle-east - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Death toll in Pakistan twin suicide attacks rises to 57

Two bombers walked into crowded market as shoppers bought food to break their fasts at sunset for Ramadan.

Emotions high as slain Tunisia opposition leader buried

Thousands of Tunisians have taken to the streets for the funeral of an opposition leader – who was assassinated with the same weapon that killed a colleague.

# middle-east - Friday 26 July, 2013

Egypt detains former president Morsi as five killed in further clashes

The Arab world’s most populous country has been rocked by violence that killed some 200 people since the army ousted Morsi on 3 July.

# middle-east - Friday 19 July, 2013

Following talks, Israel and Palestine agree to talks

Both Israel and the Palestinian presidency welcomed the development, but the Islamist Hamas movement rejected a return to talks which have been brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

# middle-east - Friday 12 July, 2013

Column: They shot her at point blank range in the head – but it made her stronger

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban last year. Today, on her 16th birthday, she will lead the first ever youth takeover of the UN in New York to speak about the importance education, writes Kelley Farrell.

# middle-east - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Syrian refugees to Egypt facing restrictions following unrest

The UN says nearly 90,000 Syrians have registered with the High Commissioner for Refugees in Egypt.

# middle-east - Sunday 7 July, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood should not be treated as criminals – ElBaradei

Egypt’s interim premier has called for the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in the democratisation process, adding that new elections would take place within a year.

# middle-east - Saturday 6 July, 2013

Egypt: Liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei picked as new PM

The former UN nuclear watchdog chief is to be sworn in as premier later on Saturday, three days after the army overthrew Morsi.

# middle-east - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

A government website is advertising excavation work for jobseekers... in Iraq

The position in the war-torn Middle East country is one of dozens advertised on the State training and employment agency’s website that are based outside of Ireland.

# middle-east - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

At least one dead, 237 hurt in Egypt clashes

Supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi clashed today, resulting in at least one person being killed.

# middle-east - Sunday 23 June, 2013

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah resigns...again

The President has 35 days to find a replacement.

# middle-east - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

US ‘to hold direct talks with Taliban’ – officials

The Taliban has just opened a political office in Qatar, and senior officials believe it’s a step closer to abandoning terrorism.

Obama wasn’t the only US President in Ireland yesterday

Bill Clinton stopped by Shannon Airport yesterday on his way to the Middle East.

# middle-east - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

UK: Approved extradition deal will see radical cleric surrendered after 20 year fight

Jordan’s parliament has approved an agreement with Britain on the extradition of suspects – including notorious radical cleric Abu Qatada who has been fighting extradition to Jordan to face terrorism charges, claiming he may be tortured there.

# middle-east - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Tel Aviv police arrest suspects over deadly 2009 attack on gay youth centre

Two people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a group of young gay people outside a youth centre in Tel Aviv five years ago.

# middle-east - Friday 31 May, 2013

European protestors could face jail for going topless in Tunisia

The activists will be tried for “public indecency” and an “attack on public morals”.

# middle-east - Monday 27 May, 2013

Gunmen kidnap two foreign tourists in Yemen

A man and a woman were seized today while they were outside a hotel in the eastern part of the central Yemeni city of Taiz.

# middle-east - Sunday 26 May, 2013

Kerry set to unveil plan for West Bank economy

The US Secretary of State is tasked with presenting a economic plan to attract tourism and private sector investment into the West Bank.

Syria Through a Lens: life of slain filmmaker and activist honoured

The one-year anniversary of the death of young journalist Bassel Shehadeh, who was killed in a shelling attack by Syrian government forces, will be marked by a worldwide commemoration of his life and work.

# middle-east - Monday 20 May, 2013

Bombings kill 13 at Iraq Shiite mosques

Two deadly bombings at places of worship in Baghdad today mark the latest in a string of attacks targeting both Sunni and Shiite areas.

# middle-east - Friday 17 May, 2013

Turkey and US demand Assad stand down

The US President and Turkish Prime Minister met in Washington to discuss Syria’s ongoing, bloody conflict.

# middle-east - Thursday 9 May, 2013

Israel approves 296 West Bank settler homes

The announcement comes just two days after Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler homes in a bid to give a chance to US-led efforts to revive peace talks.

# middle-east - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Israel PM freezes tenders for new West Bank settler homes

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US efforts to renew peace talks, according to Israeli army radio reports.

# middle-east - Monday 6 May, 2013

Israeli PM visits China after Syria strikes

Benjamin Netanyahu’s signalling of a return to “business as usual” may indicate that Israel does not expect an immediate retaliation for this weekend’s airstrikes.

# middle-east - Sunday 5 May, 2013

Israel hits military research centre in Syria in second attack

It is Israel’s second strike on Syria in three days.

# middle-east - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Syrian refugees 'now make up 10 per cent of population of Lebanon'

Oxfam said the figure is comparable to the entire population of Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Derry all moving to Dublin.

# middle-east - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Column: The EU must do more to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

The EU has considerable leverage in the region, yet is taking a back-seat to the US – which dithers as relations in the region break-down. It’s time for a change, writes Emer Costello MEP.

# middle-east - Friday 26 April, 2013

Wave of violence kills more than 180 in Iraq

Sectarian violence erupted three days ago when demonstrations were held in Sunni areas over their treatment by the Shiite-majority authorities.

# middle-east - Thursday 25 April, 2013

Column: For women giving birth in a war zone, I was more than just a midwife

Tens of thousands have died in the ongoing, bloody conflict in Syria to date – and those who remain live under constant threat of violence. Midwife Cathy Janssens writes about trying to bring new life into the world in such unstable circumstances.

# middle-east - Saturday 6 April, 2013

Assad warns of 'instability' across region if regime falls

Assad has said the fall of his regime would cause a “domino effect” that would lead to years of instability in the Middle East.

# middle-east - Thursday 4 April, 2013

Study finds 26 Irish people have fought in Syria

Researchers in London found that between 2,000 and 5,500 people from other countries have joined the rebel forces to fight against the Assad regime.

# middle-east - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know as you work your way into Wednesday.

# middle-east - Saturday 23 March, 2013

Dublin takes part in worldwide Persian festival for first time

Nowruz is a traditional festival to mark spring – and last night people from Ireland’s Afghan, Azerbaijani, Baha’I, Iranian, Kazakh, Kurdish and Turkish communities all gathered to celebrate it.

# middle-east - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Obama to visit Israel in first foreign trip since re-election

The US President will arrive in Tel Aviv to inspect a rocket-and-mortar defence system produced by Israel with American assistance.

# middle-east - Sunday 17 March, 2013

Alan Shatter tells Israel: Ireland is still your friend

The Minister for Justice also told an Israeli newspaper that he had been the target of some anti-Semitism during his time in politics but that it had been “extremely rare”.